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Finding Aid to the Elaine Black Yoneda Collection, circa 1900-1991 (Bulk 1930-1988)
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Consists of the papers of Elaine Black Yoneda and research material gathered by author Vivian McGuckin Raineri in the course of writing the biography, Red Angel: The Life and Times of Elaine Black Yoneda. Collection includes correspondence from Manzanar, duplicates of FBI files, subject files regarding the San Francisco 1934 General Strike and Tom Mooney, a manuscript history of International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Auxiliary No. 16, transcripts of oral histories, and photographs of the Buchman and Yoneda families. While the earliest material dates from 1908, the majority of documents cover the 1930's through 1970's, with remembrances from the death of Elaine Yoneda in 1988.
Rose Elaine Buchman was born in Connecticut to Nathan Buchman and Mollie Kvetnay, who had met as child laborers in a Russian match factory. Elaine was raised in a predominantly Jewish section of Brooklyn, New York, in a strongly pro-labor (and non-religious) environment. In 1920, the family moved to the San Diego area and in 1924 to Los Angeles. A "spoiled and ornery child," Elaine did not realize till age 15 that her parents actively supported the Russian revolution and related causes - which were apparently of no interest to the teenager. She quit high school in her senior year and took her first job with an elegant residential hotel, where Elaine maintained her own sartorial elegance while the world protested the convictions of Tom Mooney, Warren Billings, J.B.McNamara, Sacco and Vanzetti.
3.75 cubic feet (6 boxes)
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Collection is open for research.